United States Congress
An Act to Aid in the Construction of a Railroad & Telegraph Line from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean: Approved July 1, 1862.
W. C. Bryant & Co.
This is an 1865 printing of the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862. This was the act that set up the land grants and federally recognized charters for the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads and started the entire project on its way with federal support. The act was amended in 1864 to allow for the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad. This printing is from the passage of that amendment.